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Hundreds of flights cancelled due to French strikes

Air France cancels flights as Euro 2016 gets underway


Air France may have to cancel almost a third of its flights on Saturday 11 June due to a pilot strike.

Air France pilots’ union has called a strike from Saturday to Tuesday, kicking off on the second day of the month-long UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. 

The tournament features games in cities around France, potentially causing huge disruption to thousands of football fans.

The strike comes after a long-running dispute over working conditions.

Air France chief executive Frederic Gagey said the airline will work to limit the impact on travelling football fans but said it can only guarantee 70-80% of flights worldwide on Saturday.

Your airline will have an obligation to offer you assistance if your flight is delayed or cancelled by a strike.

French flight strike – your rights

If you have a flight delay because of a strike, your airline has an obligation to offer you assistance if the delay is expected to go beyond a certain point.

Assistance can include food and drink and overnight accommodation, if required.

Unlike delays for other reasons, airlines are not obligated to offer compensation following a strike because strikes are usually considered to be ‘extraordinary circumstances’.

Plan ahead for Euro 2016

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning anyone planning on travelling to France for UEFA Euro 2016 to plan ahead.

It’s important that fans do the right pre-tournament preparations, like taking out comprehensive travel insurance, getting a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and ensuring their passport is valid.

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